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Kobi Kabalek

Kobi Kabalek

Assistant Professor of Holocaust Studies and Visual Studies

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and Jewish Studies

338 Burrowes Building


  1. Ph.D., The University of Virginia, 2013
  2. M.A., Ben-Gurion University, 2004


I earned my Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia, with a dissertation on “The Rescue of Jews and the Memory of Nazism in Germany” (2013). In 2014-2017 I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as part of the ERC project “Experience, Judgment, and Representation of WWII in an Age of Globalization,” and examined conflicting perspectives concerning the war in Mandatory Palestine and their impact on the postwar historiography of Israel and Zionism. My research focuses on historical perceptions, moral sentiments, and memory in film, literature, auto/biography, oral narratives, art, etc., in German, Israeli, and global Holocaust history. I currently explore marginalized and extreme phenomena in Holocaust testimonies, historical writing, and popular culture – with special attention to the role of fantasy, imagination, and horror – and their impact on our understanding and representation of the Holocaust.

Recent Courses

JST/GER 83: Freshman Seminar - German Reactions to the Holocaust: From the Nazi Years to the Present

JST/HIST 121: History of the Holocaust

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